Learning Edge February 2020 #2

“Teachers are memorable. If you are a teacher, that means someone will think specifically about you and say your name 50 years from now. Let that sink in.” Trevor Muir


Listen to Trevor Muir’s words on our lasting impact on students at The Epic Classroom


ActivelyLearn provides free interactive assignments/discussions for secondary, 6-12. “Actively Learn helps you quickly find and customize content for English Language Arts, social studies, and science. Teachers can access thousands of free assignments for their classrooms with this free content catalog.”  There are also paid features available, however, you can access their content and create for free, classroom rosters for assignments and integrate these with Google Classroom.

Read more about it at Dr. Monica Burns Blog.

What’s Your Favorite App?

What is your favorite app? Please share your favorite applications or websites that you use with students at What’s Your App?  Watch for your submission to be featured in APP NEWS  soon!

Additional digital learning resources/apps can be found at CVL  Digital Literacy.

Education Podcast Network

All of  their “shows are produced by educators who want to shape education through meaningful discussion and content.”Podcasts to listen to in 2020 – go to Ed Podcast Network

CSPdWeek at CS@Mines

CS@Mines (Golden Campus) hosts the National CSPdWeek July 20-24!  All PD support teachers in offering inclusive & rigorous cs learning opportunities. Register today to save your spot!  More information at CS on CVL.

CSPdWeek also includes the following 1-day opportunity for counselors:
Counselors 4 Computing: one day – Monday, July 20, 2020  Contact: c4c@ncwit.org

Scholarships available for Colorado high school teachers!! Contact cliebe@mines.edu for more details.

Title 1 Schools – Siemens/Discovery Ed Possibility Grant

Enter DAILY for your chance to win $10,000 for STEM at your school! “This is your chance to get the STEM technology and resources you have been dreaming of!”  The award can be used for “a science lab makeover and/or STEM-related equipment, supplies, or technology.” Sweepstakes closes at 5:00:00 PM ET on April 28, 2020.

NCHE PD Webinars

NCHE offers live, interactive professional development webinars FREE of charge through grants from the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources program and the U.S. Department of Education.  Registered participants receive primary sources/educational materials as pre-readings. Certificates are offered for continuing education credits.

Black History Month

Teaching the African American Experience with Smithsonian Learning Lab

Watch the webinar with the National Museum of African American History and Culture, “ Teaching the African American Experience with the Smithsonian Learning Lab,” to learn how to use their resources.

We need to be deliberate in integrating Black history all year long across the curriculum. Peruse the resources at CVL Black History Month for more ideas.

CAL Maker Workshop

Save the Date! May 5th – CAL Maker Workshop @ 21C Pikes Peak Library District in Colorado Springs. An Engaging and informative workshop to help develop and enhance your maker space. Registration coming soon!

Statistics in Schools (SIS) Week March 2-6

 Statistics in School Week: Everyone Counts!  “brings school subjects to life using real-world Census Bureau statistics to create materials for use year after year at all grade levels.” There are specific activities in English and Spanish and for multiple grades, K-12.  For more information and resources check out their – flyer and roadmap   More resources for students to explore by subject and grade level. There is even a Census 2020 coloring book about Census 2020, available in English and Spanish.

Google Applied Digital Skills

Use Google’s video lessons to teach “digital skills that have immediate, real-life applications.”

Lessons filtered by topic and age – check out the lessons to celebrate Digital Learning Day

Computer Science Grants Available!

The CSed Grant Program has two grants currently available for application:

  • Computer Science Education Grant application cycle runs through April 10, 2020. Applicants may apply for up to $10,000 of funding.
  • Computer Science Teacher Education Grant – Elementary District Determined Option is open for a second round! The application cycle runs through March 6, 2020. For more information visit the webpage for the Computer Science Teacher Education Grant or contact Chris Summers at summers_c@cde.state.co.us or 303-866-6576

Additional information on CS Education in Colorado can be found at CS on CVL

Computer Science in Colorado

Rock CS May 29-30

Rock CS, Rocky Mountain Computer Science Conference for P-12 Educators, is now open for registration and accepting presenter applications! This two-day event, designed by Adams 12 Five Star Schools & St. Vrain Valley School District,  supports P-12 classroom teachers with teaching computer science (CS) and computational thinking. Contact info@rockcs.org if you have questions.

  • $50 registration
  • Beginner to advanced sessions
  • Learn how to integrate computer science and/or computational thinking into any content
  • Explore innovative strategies for your CS classroom
  • First 100 registrants eligible to win a prize! (Must be present to win.)

So much is waiting for you at InnEdCO 2020! See below for more information on registration, educator nominations, and volunteer opportunities. Be a part of this educator community focused on students and innovative learning.

Registration: The last day to catch early registration in on February 29, 2020.  Go to #WE ARE INNEDCO2020.

Colorado Educator Keynote Nominations: InnedCO is seeking a Colorado educator to be honored and to speak at this year’s Adventure Awaits conference. Nominate your colleague for this honor at CO Educators Rock @InnEdCO2020.

InnEdCO 2020 Volunteers Needed! Become a part of the conference team by providing a little of your time to support your fellow attendees. Find out how at Volunteers @InnEdCO2020

Colorado OER Conference

On June 4th-5th, the Colorado Department of Higher Education will host the Statewide Colorado OER Conference to explore best practices in adoption and adaptation. A K-12 pre-conference day will be held on June 4th at the Colorado School of Mines. For more information visit OER Conference


TEDEd celebrates the ideas of teachers and students around the world. Discover hundreds of animated lessons, create customized lessons, and more at TedEDBuild a lesson around Ted-Ed animation  – Watch, Think, Dig Deeper & Discuss.  The accident that changed the world – details the discovery of penicillin and how it transformed medicine


Check out activities for students at NASA Space Place. There are games such as Go With the Flow which helps students learn about ocean currents. The rules of the game mimic how real ocean currents work.

Learning Webinars EdWeb.Net

EdWeb.net is an award-winning professional learning network provides free webinars and professional learning communities for educators to share their best ideas and practices to improve teaching and learning, student achievement, and school culture. Take a look at their offerings coming up in 2020 at EdWeb Net.

Trivia-National Clean Out Your Computer Day

National Clean Out Your Computer Day (2nd Monday), is a reminder to do needed care on your computers.  Spend some time with your computer and give it a good cleaning!
Take a look at your files and programs on your computers: Organize your files and folders, delete junk, duplicate & old files and programs not being used. Your trusty computer will run much faster!


6/4-6/5  Colorado OER
6/15-6/18 InnEdCO Keystone
6/21-6/25 NICERC Minneapolis
6/28-7/1 ISTE Anaheim
7/12-7/17 CSTA Arlington

More professional development opportunities at CDE PD Calendar

Colorado Department of Education Communications

The Colorado Department of Education offers many electronic publications for you. You can sign up by visiting the CDE Communications Office homepage: http://www.cde.state.co.us/communications.

Don’t forget to read the SPARK newsletter from Colorado Commissioner, Katy Anthes.

Articles included in this email distribution and posting may not reflect the views of CDE. This email is a curation service for those interested in Colorado education news.

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